Planning Services

Property Owners planning future development (building) on their property should contact the Building and Planning Department well before your planned start date to determine the type of approvals needed. Please refer to the guidelines set out for building permit application and the various planning applications to help you with scheduling your project. Keep in mind that these timeframes may be extended if approval authorities require more information or studies prior to making a decision or if an application is of a complicated nature. Staff adhere to time requirements in the Planning Act. The Township Procedural By-law # 2017-092, sets the deadline for providing information to the Council Meeting as five (5) business days prior to the meeting, however planning applications require additional time to meet notice requirements and for review and staff reporting. Prior to Council approval of agreements such as Site Plan Control, Merger, Encroachment, etc. all required schedules, surveys and fees must be received by the Municipality and the agreements must be reviewed and signed by the parties. It is suggested that complete agreements be provided to the Municipality fourteen (14) days in advance of the Council Meeting.

The Building/Planning Department will be able to assist you with all your planning needs. Contact us if you have any questions or need help with an application for Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-Law Amendment, Severance and/or Minor Variance Application.

Public Notice: Under the Planning Act, information and material required respecting planning applications shall be made available to the public. For more information, please refer to the Township's Routine Disclosure - Planning Applications Guidelines.

Also be advised that the minutes of public meetings (hearings) are made available on the municipal website for public viewing and may be circulated throughout the Township and/or to parties requesting a copy of the minutes. Anyone who attends a public meeting of the Township and enters their name on the attendance list or speaks publicly at the meeting may have their name and any opinions they may express recorded in the minutes of that specific meeting.

If an individual has a concern with respect to information being made available to the public, please advise the Clerk, at 705-656-4445 Ext. 234.

Official Plan

Peterborough County Official Plan

An Official Plan sets policies for guiding proper land use and development in the community. The Official Plan outlines where residential, industrial and commercial areas are contemplated. The County of Peterborough Official Plan functions as the lower tier Official Plan for the Township as well as two other municipalities in the County. When Peterborough County undertakes the preparation of the Official Plan, they utilize input from the Township Councils, the public, ministries and other agencies and the Official Plan shall be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement. A copy of the Official Plan is available on the Peterborough County Website.

Official Plan Information Package
Holding Provision

Sometimes Council imposes a Holding Provision on a parcel of land to prevent or limit the use of the land. This is done to allow for the orderly phasing of development of the land, to ensure and to allow for the implementation of special design features.

A Holding Provision will not be removed from the parcel of land until all necessary agreements have been registered on title, the conditions of the draft plan approval have been met and all the objectives of the Holding Provision have been met.

Removal of Holding Provision
When a property owner wishes to remove the Holding Provision from a parcel of land, he must make application to do so, using the same application form that is required for a Zone Amendment. The fee for removal is $500.00. While legislation is silent on the number of days and the area required for notification, the Township utilizes a process similar to Zone Amendments to determine a circulation list and provides reasonable notice. Also a number of Public Agencies are notified. A Public Meeting will be held as soon as is reasonably possible and at Council's discretion anyone in attendance will be given the opportunity to speak in support of or in opposition to the application. All written submissions will also be heard at this meeting. If there is no opposition submitted at the time of the Public Meeting, Council may pass the By-Law to remove the Holding Provision later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting. There is no appeal period for this by-law and the property owner, applicant and agent will be notified in writing of Council's decision.
Temporary Use

A Temporary Use is a By-law passed by the Council to allow a temporary use of land, buildings or structure for a limited time, which is otherwise prohibited by the Zoning Bylaw.

The time period that the Temporary Use is allotted will be set out in the Temporary Use By-law but will not exceed 3 years. Additional 3 year extensions may be granted by Council upon the receipt and processing of a further application. When the Temporary Use By-law expires the continued use of the land; building or structure must conform to the original By-laws of the Township and may not be used for what the Temporary Use By-law permitted.

Property Development
Basement Apartments and Secondary Units

Secondary units are permitting in accordance with the attached secondary units by-law.

Secondary Units By-Law 2019-016

Application to License a Secondary Dwelling Unit
Environmental Planning

Environmental planning is recognizing stewardship for lakes, rivers and the land through proper orderly development and retention of the natural elements, i.e. foliage, vegetation and forests.

The Township has a brochure on Protecting and Restoring Healthy Shorelines that is available at the Township Office.

 Lot Grading and Drainage
Whenever construction projects or change of use occur at a property, lot grading and drainage is a very important aspect to consider. Whatever takes place at a property in respect to improvements, lot grading and drainage cannot adversely affect any neighbouring properties. Any direct or indirect affect on the property when the lot grading and drainage has been provided must not adversely affect the environment.
 Merging Property

Property merging takes place for many reasons.

  • to absorb smaller parcels into larger parcels where the smaller property is effectively unusable due to its size.
  • for the enlargement of a property for a construction project or other use
  • additional lands may be obtained from a neighboring property through the severance process.

When the above happens, the properties must be merged and recognized as one property.

 Proposed Pilgrim's Rest Development

Proposed Pilgrim's Rest Development

Notice of Complete Application for Approval of Draft Plan of Vacant Land condominium, Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment

Notice of Public Information Session for Pilgrim's Rest Trailer Park being held by Ecovue Consulting Services Inc.

Notice of Complete Application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, Official Plan Amendment, and Draft Plan of Condominium

Take notice that the Corporation of the County of Peterborough has received a complete application for approval of a draft plan of Vacant Land condominium in accordance with Sections 51 (17) and 51(19.4) of the Planning Act.  The application has been assigned file number 15CD-18002.  The County of Peterborough has also received a complete application for an Official Plan Amendment in accordance with Section 22(6.4) of the Planning Act.  The application has been assigned file number 15OP-18002.

Take notice that the Corporation of the Township of North Kawartha has received a complete application for a Zoning By-Law Amendment in accordance with Section 34(10.4) of the Planning Act.  The application has

Pilgrim's Rest,Draft Plan Proposal been assigned file number ZA-09-18.

Location
The subject lands are composed of two separate parcels. The first is referenced as the “Mainland Property” where Pilgrim’s Rest Campground is located. The second parcel is referenced as the “Island Property”.

A key map is attached below which indicates the location of the lands which are subject to the applications at Part of Lots 3 and 4, Concession 11, Burleigh Ward, Township of North Kawartha.

Purpose and Effect of the Applications
The purpose and effect of the applications would permit a vacant land condominium on a portion of the subject property.  The vacant land condominium application would create 30 vacant building lots with an average lot size of 0.51 hectares (1.3 acres).  Each lot is to contain one single detached (seasonal) dwelling.  The proposal also includes the creation of 7 common element blocks for internal private roads (Blocks 2 & 3), open space areas (Blocks 4 to 7) and a recreational area (Block 1).  The recreational area consists of the existing beach area, boat launch and docks for Pilgrim’s Rest Campground.  These facilities will remain and form part of the shared common elements.

The Official Plan currently designates these lands as “Rural” and “Recreational Commercial”.  Given that the current land use designations do not recognise the proposed development, the Official Plan Amendment will have the effect of changing the land use designation to a Site Specific Special Seasonal Residential designation to facilitate the development of the subject lands via vacant land plan of condominium as described above.  The remainder of the property consisting of open space blocks will be placed into the “Environmental Constraint Area” designation.

The Township of North Kawartha Comprehensive Zoning By-law #26-2013 currently zones the Mainland Property as “Rural (RU)”, “Environmental Constraint (EC)” and “Provincially Significant Wetland”. The Island Property is currently zoned “Shoreline Residential Island (SRI)” Zone.  The proposed zoning by-law amendment is intended to rezone the area proposed for redevelopment for 30 residential lots to a Site Specific Shoreline Residential Zone. The recreational area (Block 1) will be rezoned to a Site Specific Major Open Space Zone to recognize the recreation facilities as shared elements. The remainder of the property will either be rezoned to or maintained within the EC Zone (Block 4 to 7).

Supporting Studies
In support of the applications, the following documents / studies were submitted:

Agency and Peer Review Comments

The following are comments received from public agencies and peer reviewers, as well as those from members of the public:

The Right to Appeal If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Peterborough in respect of the proposed plan of condominium or Official Plan Amendment, or to the Township of North Kawartha in respect of the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment, before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of condominium, Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-Law Amendment, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the approval authority to the Ontario Municipal Board.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Peterborough in respect of the proposed plan of condominium or Official Plan Amendment or to the Township of North Kawartha in respect of the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment, before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of condominium, Official Plan Amendment or Zoning By-Law Amendment, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
To Be Notified If you wish to be notified of the decision for any or all of the applications, you must make a written request to the County of Peterborough or Township of North Kawartha at the addresses noted below.
Getting Additional Information Links to supporting information and material have been included in this Notice, and can be found as attachments at the bottom of this page. You may also visit http://www.northkawartha.on.ca/en/index.asp
A Public Meeting concerning these applications has not yet been scheduled. Such meeting will be scheduled following the completion of the peer review of the supporting documents / studies / plans.  A notice will be provided in due course advising the date, time and location of the public meeting.
To view a hardcopy of the submission items or for additional information concerning the applications, please contact the County of Peterborough or the Township of North Kawartha at the addresses noted below. 

Caitlin Robinson, Planner County of Peterborough 470 Water Street Peterborough, ON K9H 3M3
Tel: (705) 743-0380 crobinson@ptbocounty.ca

Planner,  Township of North Kawartha 280 Burleigh Street,  P.O. Box 550, Apsley,ON K0L 1A0  Tel: (705) 656-5183

 Severing Property

A land severance (also known as a consent) is the division of your land, which creates separate parcels. The Official Plan of North Kawartha has specific requirements and/or conditions for land severance. Being approved for a land severance depends on lot size, compatibility, public and private roads, conformity to the Official Plan and the Zoning By-Law, water supply, sewage disposal, etc. The Peterborough County Land Division is the approval authority for a Severance Application.

Peterborough County Severance Application
 Subdivision and Condominium Plans
Subdivision and condominium plans, as well as vacant land condominiums are regulated by the provisions of the Planning Act. The County of Peterborough is the approval authority with contributing comments and approvals from the Township. Several of the requirements would be: subject to an Official Plan amendment, Zoning By-Law Amendment, Environmental Impact Study, fishery studies, water quality studies, waste disposal studies, financial impact on the Township studies and the ability of the Township to provide the necessary emergency services. Several other aspects may be addressed. Heritage studies, archeological studies, lake capacity studies may be a determining factor if development is on a lake or if a lake will contribute to the recreational aspect of the development.
 Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - (as defined in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development) 
 Trees

Trees are the most important ecological aspect of a property. From the root system to retain the soils and reduce the nitrate loading of our lakes to the foliage that contributes to the oxygen levels that we breathe. They as well act as a buffer between development and lakes to reduce visual impact and reduce heavy winds off the lake providing protection of the lands.  Tree removal or landscaping is not permitted on municipal shoreline road allowance or municipal road allowance. 

Information on the Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that destroys ash trees.

Development Fees and Charges
Development charges  are collected at the building permit stage for all new residential, industrial and commercial projects. These charges are levied by the County of Peterborough.  Development charges for 2021.
North Kawartha Comprehensive Zoning By-Law

The Zoning By-Law is a legal document that regulates the use of land within the township. The By-Law states what each parcel of land can be used for, where and what types of buildings or structures may be located on the land and the requirements of lot sizes, parking lots, building heights and setbacks, etc. The Zoning By-Law must conform with the Official Plan of the Township.

Comprehensive Zoning By-Law

Comprehensive Zoning By-Law #26-2013 Consolidated July 2020
Zoning By-Law Information Package

Zoning Maps

The attached zone maps A-1 to A-14 form part of Comprehensive Zoning By-Law #26-2013.

A1

A2

A3

A4

A5

A6

A7

A8

A9

A10

A11

A12

A13

A14

To view a larger copy of the maps you can:

  • Visit the Building/Planning Department at the Municipal Office where a complete set is available for public viewing.
  • Order map(s) for a fee by contacting the Building/Planning Department.  We will require at least 2 weeks prior notice to obtain them from our printer.

 

Housekeeping By-Law
By-Law 2019-0057 (Housekeeping), June 4/19
Boathouse By-Law
By-Law 2019-0095 (Boathouses), September 17, 2019
Dock By-Law
By-Law 2019-0078 (Docks)
Pre-Consultation

On May 16, 2017, Council passed By-law 2017-049 imposing a mandatory consultation with the Township's Planning Department prior to formal submission of any planning application for which the Township is the Approval Authority.  The Request for Pre-consultation- Zoning By-law Amendments and Site Plan Application must be completed and a meeting scheduled with the Township's Junior Planner prior to a Zoning By-Law Amendment Application or for a Site Plan Approval Application being submitted for processing.

Public Notice #10: COVID-19 - April 14, 2020

Protocol for the Submission of Planning Applications

Statement of Acknowledgement

Request for Pre-Consultation
Second Dwelling Unit By-Law

Secondary units are permitting in accordance with the attached secondary units by-law.

Secondary Units By-Law 2019-016

Application to License a Secondary Dwelling Unit
Procedures

Processing of your application will take a minimum of 90 days upon receipt of a complete application, including all information that is required and assuming no complications arise. 

Upon submitting an Application for a Zoning By-law Amendment, the township suggests that the Applicant contact all neighbours of the subject land, relevant Ministries and other agencies to inform them of your plans.

Upon receipt of a complete Application for an Amendment to the Zoning By-law, your application will be forwarded to the Township Planner for processing.

A Public Meeting shall be scheduled, under the regulations of the Planning Act, after the application has been deemed complete by the Township Planner and Township Planning Department.

The Planning Act prescribes that a Notice of the Public Meeting shall be given at least 20 days before the day of the Meeting by prepaid first class mail to all property owners within 120 metres of the subject property and to the appropriate agencies. It is also required to post a Notice of Public Meeting on the subject property.

Public Meetings are currently being held electronically via Zoom.   It is recommended that the applicant attend the meeting or have someone else represent you.  If a member of the public is interested in joining the Council meeting electronically to listen and observe the meeting in real time please contact the Deputy Clerk by email no later than 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the meeting and you will be provided with an invitation to join the meeting electronically using Zoom.   Meetings are audio and video recorded and posted on the Township YouTube channel as soon as possible after the meeting for public viewing.  

All written submissions will be presented at the Public Meeting. Anyone in attendance will be given the opportunity to speak in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. If there is no opposition to the Zoning By-law Amendment submitted at the time of the Public Meeting then Council may pass the By-law later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting of Council.

There is a 20 day appeal period from the date of the Notice of Passing being mailed. Only the applicant or a person or public body who, before the By-law was passed, made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to council may appeal the By-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

If Council refuses or neglects to make a decision on the By-law within 120 days the applicant may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

If no appeal is received within the 20 day appeal period, the By-law becomes effective on the date of passage.

Site Plan Control

As a condition of the approval of the site plans and drawings, the Township will require the applicant to enter into a Site Plan Control Agreement. The Agreement outlines the conditions of approval, the works and actions required, and the required guarantees of performance. The approved plans and drawings form part of the Agreement. This Agreement will be in a form suitable for registration. The Chief Building Official cannot issue building permits until the Agreement is executed by the Applicants, a by-law passed and registered on title and the proposal fully conforms to the approved drawings (and to other applicable Codes and By-laws). Formal application, including the payment of the necessary application fees, must be made to the Township where approval is being sought for plans and drawings.

Planning Fees

Fees for planning applications are set in By-Law 2020-0054

Minor Variance (plus any additional costs)
-Amended application and re-circulation

900.00
675.00

Zoning By-Law Amendment (plus any additional costs)
-Amended application and re-circulation

- Request to Defer Zoning By-Law Amendment Application

1500.00

1125.00

200.00

Removal of Holding Zone

500.00

Severance (cash-in-lieu) - waterfront
- all other

1000.00
800.00

Entrance Permits

125.00

Temporary Entrance Permits

50.00

Encroachment Agreement -plus legal and registration

250.00

Site Plan Control Agreement

Minor Application
-Security deposit
-Administration fee

Major Application
-Security deposit
-Administration fee

-Site Plan Agreement Amendment Administration Fee

2000.00
500.00

4000.00
750.00


500.00

Pre-Development Agreement
-Security Deposit
-Administration Fee

5000.00
750.00

Plan of Subdivision
-Security Deposit
-Administration Fee

7500.00
750.00

Plan of Condominium
-Security Deposit
-Administration fee

7500.00
750.00

Minor Variance (Committee of Adjustment)

Minor Variances are granted to allow development to proceed without it being in exact conformity with the requirements of the Zoning By-Law. They are a special privilege and there must be a valid reason why the by-law cannot be met in order for a Minor Variance to be granted. Information regarding a Minor Variance  is available at the Municipal Office. This information is also available for viewing in the Development Guide.

Minor Variance Application
Current Planning Applications

Comments and Appeals

How to Submit comments for planning applications:

Please ensure submissions regarding zone amendment or minor variance applications are emailed to:  planning@northkawartha.ca  Submissions can also be sent by fax: 705-656-4446 or to the Township office, 280 Burleigh Street, Apsley, ON  K0L 1A0.

Submission forms are provided for your convenience please make sure to identify the application you are commenting on. 

Submission Form for Zone Amendment and Minor Variance Planning Applications

How to submit Appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal:

LPAT Appellant / Applicant appeal forms are available on the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) website:
https://olt.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/forms/appellant-applicant-forms/

Appeal Status Information

E-Status Case Information for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

If you are interested in joining a Council Meeting or Committee of Adjustment Meeting electronically please contact the Deputy Clerk by email no later than one hour prior to the scheduled meeting and you will be provided with an invitation to join the meeting electronically or by phone using Zoom.  Meetings will continue to be posted on the Township YouTube channel as soon as possible after the meeting for public viewing.

 

Zone Amendments
Notice of a Public Hearing
Notice of Public Meeting for Zone Amendments Being Considered by Council on Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Application ZA-16-21, Concession 11, Part Lot 14, Burleigh Ward, 8786 Highway 28, Roll #020-002-18200
Application ZA-17-21, Concession 15, Part Lot 7 & 8, Burleigh Ward, 197 Fire Route 52, Roll #020-002-27423
Notice of Public Meeting for Zone Amendments Being Considered by Council on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Application ZA-12-21, Concession 10, Part Lot 14, Chandos Ward, 145 Spence Road, Roll #010-100-26500
Application ZA-14-21, Concession 3, Part Lot 12, Burleigh Ward, 42 Fire Route 45A, Roll #020-001-32600
Application ZA-16-21, Concession 11, Part Lot 14, Burleigh Ward, 8786 Highway 28, Roll #020-002-18200 (REVISED SEE ABOVE)

Notice of a Passing

Notice of Passing for Zone Amendments Considered by Council on Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Application ZA-10-21, Concession 7, Concession 8, Part Lot 7, Chandos Ward, 26 Couch's Road, Roll #010-201-05300, 010-201-07200
Application ZA-09-21, Concession 5, Part Lots 7 and 8, Burleigh Ward, 154 Butler Drive, Roll #020-001-51210
Application ZA-41-16, Concession 7, Part Lot 12, Chandos Ward, 65 Narrows Road, Roll #010-201-18000
Notice of Passing for Zone Amendments Considered by Council on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Application ZA-11-21, Concession 6, Part Lot 23, Chandos Ward, 88 Brock Road, Roll #010-003-02600
Application ZA-12-21, Concession 10, Part Lot 14, Chandos Ward, 145 Spence Road, Roll #010-100-26500
Application ZA-13-21, Concession 8, Part Lot 3, Burleigh Ward, 63 Fire Route 20, Roll #020-001-82900
Application ZA-15-21, Concession 1, Part Lot 35, Anstruther Ward, 205 County Road 504, Roll #020-001-26400
Notice of a Refusal
 
Notice of a Deferral
Notice of Deferral for Zone Amendment considered by Council at the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Application #ZA-42-18, Official Plan Amendment #150P-18007, Concession 1, Part Lot 4, Burleigh Ward, Roll #020-001-02100

Notice of Deferral for Zone Amendment considered by Council at the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Application #ZA-08-2020, Concession 8, Part Lot 25, Chandos Ward, 72 Bayshore Road, Roll #010-003-18000

Notice of Deferral for Zone Amendment considered by Council at the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Application #ZA-38-19, Concession 9, Part Lot 25, Chandos Ward, Roll #010-003-20501

Notice of Deferral for Zone Amendment considered by Council at the Council Meeting Held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Application #ZA-01-18, Concession 7, Part Lot 19, Chandos Ward,  119 Gazelle Trail, Roll #010-202-10908 (returning to Council, June 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., see recirculation below)
Minor Variances
 
Notice of a Public Hearing

 Notice of Pubic Meeting for Minor Variance(s) being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on June 15, 2021

Application #A-08-21, Concession 16, Part Lot 34, Anstruther Ward, 84 Fire Route 74D, Roll #020-203-07800

Notice of Decision
Decision for Minor Variance(s) considered by the Committee of Adjustment on April 20, 2021

Application #A-04-21, Concession 8, Part Lot 25, Chandos Ward, 238 Bayshore Road, Roll #010-003-15000

Notice of Deferral
 
Notice of Refusal
 
Plans of Condominium
Notice of Complete Application for Approval of Draft Plan of Vacant Land condominium, Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment (copies of the notice and studies can also be found under the tab "Proposed Pilgrim's Rest Development)
Notice of Complete Application for Approval of Draft Plan of Vacant Land condominium, Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment (copies of the notice and studies can also be found under the tab "Proposed Pilgrim's Rest Development)
Notices of Public Meeting:
In-water Structures & Boathouses

Notice of Passing of By-Law2019-095 Pertaining to Boathouses

Notice of Passing of By-Law 2019-078 Pertaining to In-Water Structures (Docks)

Official Plan Amendments
Notice of Complete Application for an Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-Law Amendment

OPA #15OP-18007 and Zone Amendment #ZA-42-18, Part Lot 4, Concession 1, Burleigh Ward, 4791 Highway 28, Roll #020-001-02100

Notice of Public Meeting for an Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-Law Amendment Being Held on March 17, 2020

OPA #15OP-18007 and Zone Amendment #ZA-42-18, Part Lot 4, Concession 1, Burleigh Ward, 4791 Highway 28, Roll #020-001-02100, Draft Amendment No 49 to the Official Plan

OPA #15OP-19006 and Zone Amendment #ZA-03-2020, Concession 18, Part Lot 3, Burleigh Ward, 65 Fire Route 20, Roll #020-001-82300, Draft Amendment No. 57 to the Official Plan

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Contact Us

Greg McGovern
Planner
The Township of
North Kawartha
280 Burleigh Street
P.O. Box 550
Apsley, Ontario
K0L 1A0

T. 705-656-5183
T. 705-656-4445 ext. 265
Toll Free: 1-800-755-6931 ext. 265
F. 705-656-4446
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